The Littlest Duckling is nearly 3

Monday, September 19, 2016

Let's have a slice of coconut cake and try to figure out how on earth that happened.

Bring a Plate

Thursday, September 15, 2016


Butternut pumpkin roasted with cinnamon, thyme, salt and olive oil then tossed through salad greens, red onion, sweet tomatoes, toasted almond and walnuts, and goats cheese, and served with caramelised balsamic vinaigrette. One of my my favourite salads to make as a take along.

Night Sky

Sunday, September 11, 2016

We saw the Bourne movie tonight and as we walked into the cinema we saw this beautiful sight above us. How wonderful it is to feel the warmth of spring and to know that (contrary to GoT reports) summer is coming.

Aminals - as duckling would say

Tuesday, September 06, 2016


A month ago my sister organised a farmyard party for my nephew's 5th birthday. It was so much fun -all the little duyvkens are still talking about it. It came to mind again last night when G pulled out one of her favourite poem compilations for children and was reading one called 'Mum Won't Let Me Keep a Rabbit'. The poor petless duyvkens had a great time with the guinea pigs, lambs and yes, rabbits at the party.

I have a list of demands

Monday, August 22, 2016

The first item on the list is going to back to spend a little more time with the fairies in the driveway. They're wonderful kids now of course but oh how I loved it when they were this size.

The Yellow House

Sunday, August 14, 2016

It looks so cosy. I want to move in. 

Heritable traits

Sunday, August 07, 2016

J and Aunty S at the best 5th birthday party ever. They didn't even realise they were doing it. Happy birthday Tommy!

Window Shopping

Friday, August 05, 2016

My local art society regularly hangs and exhibits at the shopping centre. The ramps to the underground carpark are hung with gallery wire and we all take our time wandering up and down, admiring the paintings/drawings/watercolours, trying not to run our trolleys into the ankles of the people in front of us.
I pick a favourite every time they do this and it isn't easy resisting the urge to buy it and bring it home. Thank goodness for the truth telling of bank account statements! One of my favourite's this time around is this watercolour. It's cosy, it almost glows, it reminds me of sitting with my darling G in warm coffee shops seeking refuge from the cold. But I didn't buy it. This time...

Green Sheep

Thursday, August 04, 2016

We have two Where is the Green Sheep? books. This morning Sweetie was teaching the Littlest Duckling to read. They turned pages in synch, they found fun things in the pictures, they giggled conspiratorially and they read their way through the book. Frankly, I don't want them to get any bigger than they are right now.
***
Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Heart full.
***

Cupcake Oma and the Dollhouse

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The littlest duckling loves playing dollhouse with Oma and, luckily, Oma love playing dollhouse too. When she was over recently duckling asked me to leave so she and Oma could get on with playing. And then, when I came back after a few minutes she asked me to leave again! I think I was cramping their style.
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Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Heart full.
***

Not a Food Blogger

Friday, July 22, 2016

I am definitely a food blogger but we have been baking a lot lately. Last night G and I made coconut cake. It's delicious! We used this recipe from Momofukufor2 with a few adjustments and without the swiss meringue buttercream.
Ingredients:
1/3 cup coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla
90g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
2/3 cup caster sugar
1 whole egg plus 1 egg white
1 cup self raising flour
pinch of salt
1/4 cup dessicated coconut
Method:
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Cream the butter and sugar together until well combined (this takes several minutes).
Add the vanilla and the lightly beaten egg and continue mixing until pale and fluffy.
Mix all the dry ingredients together and add to the mixture, alternating half the dry then half the milk, then the rest of the dry, then the rest of the milk, beating well between each addition.
Bake in a lined springform pan for 40mins. Check with a skewer before removing from the oven.
Cool completely in the pan.
Decorate with icing (butter, coconut essence, icing mixture, milk) and shredded coconut.

Just a cup of coffee

Monday, July 18, 2016

'Can I get a name for the coffee?', they ask me. And, just briefly of course, I consider naming the coffee. Joe is an obvious first thought, with some favourite but never used names coming to mind next. Hugh, Thea, Alex, Jack, Imogen. How is it possible that I have four daughters and not one is called Imogen? I wonder. However, I know myself well enough to know that I am not the kind of person that is actually going to give my coffee a name so I snap out of my reverie and say 'Amelia'. My name. Which is what they're asking for after all.

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